Seppo Simola

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Seppo Antero Simola (July 27, 1936 in Somero - March 9, 2003) was a Finnish shot putter, who represented Turun Riento, weighing in at 128 kg and standing 191 cm tall. He was the first Finn to put the shot more than 20 m in an official competition when he put it 20.15 metres in Turku, Finland on July 19, 1972; this was of course his personal best and a national record. Even though Simola was a five-time Finnish champion outdoors and three-time champion indoors, he never placed higher than 16th in the Olympics and 11th in the European Championships.

Simola was one of the first six Finns originally admitted to the 20 meter club when it was founded in April 1983.

Major achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Put Result
1963 Finnish Outdoor Championships 18.00 1st
1964 Finnish Outdoor Championships 18.09 1st
1966 Finnish Indoor Championships 17.80 1st
1970 Finnish Outdoor Championships 18.93 1st
1971 Finnish Indoor Championships 18.64 1st
1971 Finnish Outdoor Championships 18.98 1st
1972 Finnish Indoor Championships 18.87 1st
1972 Finnish Outdoor Championships Joensuu, Finland 19.81 1st